Contract Manager

Boston, MA
General, Finance & Administration
We are passionate about engineering organisms at Ginkgo Bioworks to address fundamental challenges the world is facing today. We are looking for a like-minded individual to manage our contracts. The Contract Manager will have prior experience working with life sciences companies where they have exuded a sense of urgency and passion for their work while contributing to the company goals.  He/she will be part of a small team that is responsible for drafting and negotiating a wide range of contracts including confidentiality agreements, material transfer agreements, consulting agreements and vendor agreements.  This position requires strong communication and project management skills and a great deal of resourcefulness and autonomy in accomplishing a wide variety of tasks.  The Contract Manager will collaborate across the organization and will have the opportunity to help us make biology easier to engineer!


    • Draft and negotiate a high volume of contracts, including without limitation master services agreements and work orders, consulting agreements, confidentiality agreements, material transfer agreements, supply agreements, and research agreements.
    • Interface with internal management and external parties to gather specifications and terms necessary for contract drafting and negotiations.
    • Actively help implement and manage contract management tools and other technology adopted by the Legal Department.  Help ensure the contract repository is accurate and up to date.
    • Help implement new policies and procedures.
    • Train internal clients on policies, procedures and systems as requested.
    • Work closely with members of Finance and other departments to help ensure compliance with cross-functional policies and procedures.
    • Help develop and update contract templates, training materials, and relevant portions of the Legal Department’s intranet site content.
    • Serve as a liaison with outside counsel, as requested.
    • Conduct research, as needed.
    • Complete special projects such as collaborating on department-wide or company-wide initiatives, as requested.
    • Experience with intellectual property (patents, trademarks & copyrights) management and patent docketing a plus.


    • 3+ years of experience drafting and negotiating a variety of contracts relevant to the life sciences industry
    • Prior in-house experience as a member of a legal/patent department in a biotechnology or pharmaceuticals company strongly preferred
    • Bachelor’s degree strongly preferred
    • Strong contract drafting and negotiation skills
    • Demonstrated ability to multi-task, problem-solve and operate in a fast paced environment
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • Strong professionalism and interpersonal skills
    • Experience with contract management systems a plus


    • Strong organizational skills and ability to handle multiple responsibilities simultaneously and still meet high quality and timeliness standards under pressure
    • Team player with a commitment to developing strong collaborative relationships with other members of the department, clients and cross-functional teams
    • Solution-oriented, positive, “can do” approach
    • Comfortable in a results-driven, highly accountable environment where you can make an impact
    • Self-motivated, able to work independently and be reliable and responsive
    • Ability to be flexible and willing to accept new responsibilities as needed
    • Commitment to proactively seeking, designing and implementing improvements and engaging with appropriate stakeholders to propose and implement solutions
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We also feel it’s important to point out the obvious here – there’s a serious lack of diversity in our industry and it needs to change.  Our goal is to help drive that change. We hope to continue to build a company whose culture promotes inclusion and embraces how rewarding it is to work with engineers from all walks of life.  Making biology easier to engineer is a tough nut to crack - we can’t afford to leave any talent untapped.

It is the policy of Ginkgo Bioworks to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and employment applicants.